by Michael K. Thompson, Columbia Theological Seminary
DECATUR, GA–Columbia Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Paul “Skip” Johnson as Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Services. He will officially begin on July 1, replacingformer Moderator of the General Assembly Joan Standridge Gray who stepped in as interim for the academic year after the departure of Dean John White.
Since 2005, Dr. Johnson has served on the faculty part-time as Senior Lecturer in Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology. During that time, he has also served as the Director of Training for the Care & Counseling Center of Georgia.
“Skip brings to his new role a contagious faith, a deep love for students, great church experience, remarkable enthusiasm, skills and expertise in pastoral care and family systems work, excellent administrative ability, and a long familiarity with our community,” said seminary President Steve Hayner. “For Skip this new role will be something of a career change, but certainly not a change in his core sense of calling. We are all looking forward to Skip joining the team in this new role.
Ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Johnson served as Associate Minister between 1991-2001 for the Snellville and Embry Hills United Methodist Churches. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia. Dr. Johnson holds a BA in Psychology with Honors (University of North Carolina), an MDiv Magna Cum Laude (Duke University), a ThM in Pastoral Care & Counseling (Texas Christian University), a PhD in Theology and Personality (Emory University), and has done work on an MA in Storytelling and Education (East Tennessee State).
Also newly appointed to tenure track positions on the faculty as of July 1 are the following:
- William Yoo as Assistant Professor of American and Religious Cultural History
- Tim Hartman as Assistant Professor of Theology
Columbia Theological Seminary shares a commitment of “educating imaginative, resilient leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers seven graduate degree programs and serves as a resource for church professionals and lay people through the Center for Lifelong Learning.